Security Failure? Our Legal Take: 5-Year-Old Shot, Injured at Atlanta Apartment
Did negligent security contribute to the shooting of this 5-year-old boy? Read Our Legal Take to find out if the if the young victim and his family may have a legal avenue for justice and a claim for compensation.
A 5-year-old boy was reportedly struck by gunfire at the Forest Cove apartment complex in southeast Atlanta Sunday night, August 28, 2016.
FOX 5 News reports, “[p]olice were called out to [the] Forest Cove Apartments just before midnight. Once they arrived on the scene, police discovered the child had sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his shoulder. According to police, he was struck by a stray bullet.” The young victim was transported to the hospital. His current condition has not been released.
The apartment complex has apparently been the subject of media attention in the past, including allegations of “dangerous conditions” reported by CBS46 in July 2012, and a “fatal shooting” reported by The AJC in July 2015.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided to those at the apartment complex and whether this unconscionable shooting may have been prevented.
- How did the gunman gain entry to the property? What parking lot security measures, such as bright lighting, gated entry, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place and working at the time of the shooting?
- Was the apartment complex aware of any prior criminal activity on or near the property? If so, were additional security precautions implemented by the property owner or management to deter crime?
By law, property owners in Georgia are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management company failed to provide adequate security, the young victim and his family may elect to seek justice and pursue a legal claim for his injuries.
Based upon its long, extensive, and successful experience in handling negligent security cases against property owners in the State of Georgia, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed.
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